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Last approved: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:03:12 GMT

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Major
PP (Plant Pathology)
727
023947
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Yes
Course Prefix:
ENT
Ecology of Soil Ecosystems
Eco Soil Ecosyst
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Entomology & Plant Pathology (11PP)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Even Years
Spring 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Shuijin Hu & David Orr
Professors
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1010Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: One course in: (SSC 332, SSC 511, SSC 521, or SSC 532), or ecology (BO 360 or CS 430), or microbiology (MB 351), or consent of instructor.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course will focus on the interactions between soil organisms and their environment, and the ecological consequences of these diverse complex interactions. In particular, it will explore the scientific evidence that illustrates links between soil organisms, ecosystem functioning and the quality of air and water systems, and examine why and how the related research was conducted. This course will bring together theory and research trends from distinct subject areas: soil microbiology, entomology and ecosystem ecology.

1. Adding instructor, Dr. David Orr: to provide macro-organism perspectives of soil ecology. To date, the course was primarily focused on microorganisms and only guest lectures were provide to cover macroorganisms. 


2. Switching from Fall Semester, Odd Years to Spring Semester, Even Years: The Spring semesters have few courses required for student majors so offering PP 727 in the Spring gives students more course selection flexibility. First year graduate students also have the opportunity to take background courses in the Fall semester that better prepare them for this advanced course.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Teaching this course will not add additional time to either instructor's job requirements and will not require additional resources.

This course will focus on the interactions between soil organisms and their environment, and the ecological consequences of these diverse complex interactions. In particular, it will explore the scientific evidence that illustrates links between soil organisms, ecosystem functioning and the quality of air and water systems, and examine why and how the related research was conducted. This course will bring together theory and research trends from distinct subject areas: soil microbiology and ecosystem ecology. Specific objectives include:


(1) familiarize students with the major concepts and latest developments in the areas of plant-soil-microbial-arthropod interactions;


(2) educate students to understand the roles of terrestrial ecosystems in addressing major global environmental and agricultural issues; and


(3) educate students to critically review experimental plans and publications


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have a general understanding of the major issues in plant-microbial-arthropod interactions in soil and their relevance to the major agricultural and environmental challenges humans are facing. They will also be able to


(1) evaluate research on the ecology of soil organisms,


(2) interpret the research results in the area of plant-microbial-arthropod interactions, and


(3) discuss the social and environmental implications of global change components in terms of their impacts on the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm25Evaluate students' understanding of the first half of course materials
Final Exam35Evaluate students' understanding of the second half of course materials, plus comprehensive evaluation of the entire course materials
Oral Presentation40Each student is expected to give 2 oral presentations during the course of the semester. These will be given during the "discussion" portion of each class period. Each "oral presentation" will consist of a 10-15 min powerpoint presentation based on an assigned journal article, followed by a 10-15 min presenter-led discussion of the article. Students will be evaluated on the quality and accuracy of presentation materials and delivery based on a rubric available on the course Moodle site.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See Syllabus
mlnosbis 4/25/2017:
1) Syllabus should include item 14 from the Graduate Syllabus Checklist (see document under Additional Attachments).

pjharrie 5/3/2017 - no additional comment

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No concerns
mlnosbis (Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:16:50 GMT): Added ENT cross-list after email from department. Additional approval not needed since PP and ENT are housed in the same department.
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